In 2008, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz (who is the ordinary in Louisville) asked if there was a prayer of blessing for a child in the mother’s womb. Seeing that there was no such official prayer, the American bishops requested one. Now, the USCCB has issued a press release announcing that soon (after a long gestation period!) the prayer will be ready to be released. In a touch friendly to the secular calendar, it will appear by Mother’s Day.
Pray Tell asked Msgr. Rick Hilgartner to give us the update, which he kindly did. The BCDW is “still assembling components to a final text” putting together several parts of this that they received from Rome. He says that they hope to include at least the text of the blessing in the next BCDW newsletter. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, Pray Tell readers, anyone care to voice an opinion about what ought / ought not to be in such a prayer? And what about rubrics? Clearly there is a pro-life message in this. Lex orandi, lex credendi. But are there occasions when such a prayer might not be appropriate? What do you think? (It will be interesting to compare our thoughts with the text and guidance that actually appears in a few weeks.)